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Outstanding Airman of the Year
Lt. Gen. MaryAnne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander, addresses the audience at the command’s annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. The ceremony honored four Reserve enlisted Airmen as the best of the best for 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Diamond-shaped trophies await the Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Airman of the Year nominees before the annual ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. The ceremony honored four Reserve enlisted Airmen as the best of the best for 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
The 2017 Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Airman of the Year winners stand with the command’s leadership during the annual ceremony March 28 at Saint Augustine, Fla. The winners are from left to right: Master Sgt. Tammanica Muse, 911th Airlft Wing; Master Sgt. Kit Lui, 433rd Airlft Wing, , and.
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Lt. Gen. MaryAnne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander, addresses the audience at the command’s annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. The ceremony honored four Reserve enlisted Airmen as the best of the best for 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Carol Smits presents a new Air Force Reserve Command First Sergeant Council Award to the 452th Air Mobility Wing during the annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. The new award named after Smits, a former AFRC command chief, was created to emphasize a teamwork award program and recognize first sergeant council outstanding achievement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly speaks to the audience of Airmen and family members at the conclusion of the annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. Kelly, the Air Force Reserve Command command chief, was the cohost of the ceremony that honored four enlisted Airmen as the best of the best for 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Carol Smits ends the annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony with inspiring words to end the night March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. Smits, a former AFRC command chief, was on hand to present a new first sergeant council award named in her honor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Carol Smits closes the annual Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony with a salute to those in attendance March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. Smits, a former AFRC command chief, was on hand to present a new first sergeant council award named in her honor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
All of the 2017 Outstanding Airman of the Year nominees stand together with Air Force Reserve Command leadership after the annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. The ceremony honored four Reserve enlisted Airmen as the best of the best for 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
Outstanding Airman of the Year
Lt. Gen. MaryAnne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander, addresses the audience at the command’s annual Outstanding Airman of the Year Ceremony March 28 in Saint Augustine, Fla. The ceremony honored four Reserve enlisted Airmen as the best of the best for 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Default Air Force Logo Total Force medical team transports Sailor home
When a 34-year-old Navy sailor suffered multiple traumatic injuries during a mission in Syria, a Total Force team of medical professionals and Mobility Airmen sprung into action, intent on saving the life of a fellow service member. The sailor suffered injuries while performing improvised explosive device clearing operations. The severity of his injuries reduced his survival rate to two percent, requiring urgent transport from Syria to Texas.
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Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron shield a patient strapped to a litter as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter kicks up dust while landing at Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil training area during a joint  exercise in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 14, 2017. Exercise tests reservists’ mass casualty response
Reserve Citizen Airmen, litters in tow, rush into a smoke-filled building amid the screams and shouts of the wounded. Strapping the injured onto litters, one by one, they carry them to safety before returning to the smoke-filled building to search for others.
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2017
Hurricane Harvey graphic title Charleston aeromedical reservists support Harvey victims
This morning six Citizen Airmen from the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, with more to follow, departed Charleston for Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas to be part of a major combined operation to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
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An ambulatory bus reverses to a C-17 Globemaster III to transport patients at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 24, 2017. This scenario was part of Patriot Delta, an aeromedical evacuation training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek) Patriot Delta prepares AES units for deployment
The 349th Air Mobility Wing hosted an aeromedical evacuation training exercise, Patriot Delta, on March 24 to March 26 at Travis Air Force Base.“We did the whole ground operations as well as flying for patient movement on a C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-17 Globemaster III,” said Col. Jeanne LaFountain, 349th AES commander. “The
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2017
Senior Airman Josh Lykins, 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, provides CPR during a medical training exercise January 13, 2017, while on board a C-17 Globemaster III bound for Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Airmen from the 315th AES are able to conduct medical training, while in conjunction with real-world operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tom Brading) Flying medics soar across mission training
When they’re fighting for your life at 25,000 feet above ground, nothing is routine. Reserve Airmen from the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted medical training inside a C-17 Globemaster III, Jan. 13-15, 2017, while an aircrew from the 300th Airlift Squadron flew six pallets of humanitarian aid to Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
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(Left) 1st Lt. Julia Lesage, a former first sergeant now flight nurse with the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and Senior Airman Josh Lykins, 315th AES medical technician, buckle in a simulated patient during a training mission aboard a C-17 Globemaster III en route to Ramstein Air Base Germany Jan. 13, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tom Brading) Reservist journeys from first sergeant to flight nurse
After 22-years of service, most people start thinking about retirement… well, not everyone. In a somewhat unusual move, 1st Lt. Julia Lesage, a former first sergeant, decided after more than two decades in the Air Force to hang up her stripes and pursue a commission to become a flight nurse.
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Col. Thomas Hansen (right), 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Brian May, 403rd Operations Group commander, unfurl the 36th AES guidon during the squadron's redesignation ceremony Oct. 15, 2016, at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The unit relocated to Keesler AFB from Pope Field, N.C., and the squadron members are tasked with transporting wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines by air to locations where they can receive critical medical care. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Flying medics come to Keesler
The 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron unfurled its flag in a ceremony here today and officially became part of the Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing. Lt. Col. Brian A. May, 403rd Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony that made the unit, which relocated here from Pope Field, N.C., part of his organization.
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2016
Members of the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron load medical training dummies onto a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a training mission Oct. 14 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This mission was the units' first time sharing an aircraft for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney) 36th AES conducts first Keesler mission
Imagine being strapped into the back of a C-130J Super Hercules on a litter, fighting to breathe while being whisked toward a hospital that can provide critical care. Not only are there pilots, navigators and loadmasters ensuring the aircraft makes it to the hospital safely, there are flight nurses and aeromedical evacuation technicians standing by to administer medical procedures, check equipment and respond to any emergencies that could arise during the flight. Today the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted their first training mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., practicing this very scenario.
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Lt. Col. Lorie O’Daniel, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron deputy officer-in-charge of commander support services and instructor flight nurse directs medical response to a simulated cardiac arrest situation. Col. Sean Pierce, 446th Operations Group commander, served as a simulated patient during one of the training sessions during the flight. (Photo by Maj. Brooke Cortez) Aeromedical evacuation mission requires constant training
The 446th ‘Rainier’ Wing’s Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron undergoes constant training to be able to respond during any type of situation.
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2016
Master Sgt. Jennifer Gerritsen, an aeromedical technician with the 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, helps provide care for wounded warriors while deployed here April 21, 2016. Jennifer and her husband, Kiley, also assigned to the 445th AES, had the opportunity to serve together on this flight as they usually serve on separate crews tasked to rotate moving medical patients from down range to Germany and/or back to the United States. Even though they are on separate crews, their paths often cross as crews help others with preparing the aircraft and loading patients before going off on missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Frank Oliver) Deployed 445th AES couple provides care for wounded warriors
Master Sgt. Jennifer Gerritsen, an aeromedical technician with the 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, helps provide care for wounded warriors while deployed here April 21, 2016. Jennifer and her husband, Kiley, also assigned to the 445th AES, had the opportunity to serve together on this flight as they
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